Four Fabulous Florals

Asos Skater Dress with Floral Embroidery Warehouse Stripe Floral Shift DressCOLLECTION RACER TANK IN FLORAL BROCADEASOS Fluro Flower Embellished Neck Shift Dress Another weekend debate, but this time we have a floral theme!  I know it’s still winter, but I’m thinking ahead.  We only have a few short months to plan for spring and then summer, so we should start right now.

The above are in order of my favorites.  The first ASOS dress reminds me of the traditional costumes worn to celebrate the springtime.  The second dress from Warehouse is just plain cute for the same reason.  The JCrew floral brocade top would look fantastic on white pants or a white skirt.  And finally we have a more funky take on a floral dress from ASOS that I appreciate for its uniqueness!

JCrew is having an extra 40% off sale items, making the brocade top $60 dollars, while this weekend ASOS is giving you 20% of full priced items with code GOLONG. ENJOY!

All At Sea, Sailboats Away

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I went to Target with my father to help him pick out a new polo shirt.  All I did was take a quick walk through the women’s section, and look what I found…this adorable silk shirt!  It was perfect for my vacation to Antigua, and it only cost $25 dollars!  Of course, silk shirts NEVER look good on me, but I tried this one on and it fit perfectly.  These pictures do not do this shirt justice, and if you have a bit of weight around the middle like I currently do…this shirt really does an amazing job of hiding that.  In fact, in the second to last photo, the shirt actually gives me a bit of shape!  This shirt is the #1 reason why it is so important for us women to get off of our computers and head to the stores to try things on!


How do you create your look?

Here are some of the ways I go about creating a cohesive look.

The Dream

Dior, Creating that perfect outfit

This is when I get an idea in my head: either an outfit, a color, or a fabric.  It’s completely derived from my own imagination.  For example, what I really want to wear is a mint green chiffon Greek inspired dress with cowl neck and sequined beading.  But since I’m not a fashion designer and I don’t have the time to be one, I have no choice but to make do with what is in stores.  So I have discovered that (and to a lesser extent is the best place because I can type in Chiffon and/or Mint and get all of these wonderful options!  This is my favorite way to shop because I’m able to express my own unique personality.  If anyone has read my book ‘Kentucky Charm’ the main character Christine is obsessed with all things toile.  So you could imagine her staying up late at night doing google ‘Toile’ searches looking for that perfect dress.

The Random ItemKarl

When I’m writing I often flip back and forth from my word document to a fashion website.  From Net-a-Porter to Nordstrom, I constantly find items that I want to buy!   Unfortunately, this is the easiest way to waste money.  Because then I just spent $50-$100 dollars on an item and now I have to find what matches which requires me to spend even more money.  Not to mention, most of the time, the item looks awful on me and I have to waste a lot of time returning it.  So this is just very dangerous for my pocketbook.  However, occasionally I will find an item that will inspire me.  I have one of those items right now….the Karl Lagerfeld blazer from Net-A-Porter shown above…Ahhh!  Black leather pants, black leather skirt, white pants, blue silk blouse underneath for color contrast…oh the possibilities are endless!!!  I love it (but still can’t afford it and it’s now out of stock…tee hee…tee hee)!

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I don’t do this often enough, but this is when you try to copy outfits created by the great designers from straight off the runway to old sketches from Dior and Chanel.  Shopping using this technique makes for great television!  Remember the tv show where the person is shown a photo from the runway and the challenge is to try and copy the look for under $100 dollars?  Yeah, fantastic and super fun.  But it’s very challenging and unless you really really like shopping and digging through racks and racks of clothing, not something I tend to do.

The In-Store Super Find or What Actually Looks Good On You

Target, Sailer Shirt, Sailbot Top

This is when you actually go to the store with no preconceived notions and find what looks good on you.  This is how I should be shopping, and frankly I think it is the best way to shop.  Every time I have done this I have not only found something fantastic, but I’ve also saved a lot of money and time because I didn’t need to return anything!  But the lure of internet shopping is so convenient, and as I said above, you can hunt for the perfect color or fabric or style at whim.  You have more freedom, but it comes at a cost of having things simply not fit.  So ladies, let’s all make a promise to go to the store and try things on in person!  That’s how I found this cute sailboat top from Target and the star of next week’s fashion post.  Enjoy!

Island Living

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This was one of my favorite ‘everyday casual’ outfits while in Antigua.  The pineapple really sparkles, and matches perfectly with the belt and shorts.  I used my $50 dollar Tommy Bahama promotional card I received in the mail making the shirt only $8 dollars!  Yet again, the shorts were another clearance rack Kohl’s super find.  They are very slimming and help to hide that belly!  I’ve received many complements on my Tommy Bahama’s pineapple shirt, and I’m glad I bought it.  I’ve worn it several times outside of Antigua and it’s just casual fun.  These pictures were taken at the lovely Sandals Antigua resort.

The Weekend Debate

French Connection Fern Printed Angora SweaterFrench Connection Horse Knitted Jumper








The great weekend debate is here!  Every weekend I become obsessed over several items of clothing and I spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday debating on should I or shouldn’t I?  This weekend is no exception and our two candidates are the Fern Printed Angora Jumper or the Horse Knitted Jumper.  I’ve been stalking the horse print sweater for months!  So is $50 low enough?  Or should I play chicken with French Connection and see if it will go lower!!!  Decisions…decisions…decisions!!!  Remember, when it comes to clothing I’m the one in charge and I pay what I want to pay.  There’s no item of clothing special enough to warrant paying too much!



Pink Ocean, Pink Dreams

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 Joie pink sweater| LC Lauren Conrad white shorts from Kohl’s clearance for $8.80 plus an extra 15% off! (check the clearance rack of your local store for smaller sizes) | Tommy Bahama Hammered Circle Pendant Necklace available here

I love this pink sweater from Joie.  Can you believe that just four short months ago I was too heavy to fit into it?  I’m very proud of myself for losing the weight that I have, and just in time for my trip to Antigua!  I received a lovely $50 promotion card from Tommy Bahama which I used to stock up on some of my island favorites.  For months I had been eyeing this necklace, and sure enough it looked fantastic with everything!  I never considered myself to be a jewelry person, but recently some of my best purchases have been these type of versatile necklaces.  The first three photos were taken at Nonsuch Bay Resort Antigua, while the last two were taken at Sandals Antigua.